Gators remain unbeaten with rout of UCF
Gainesville, FL (Sports Network) – Corey Brewer amassed 25 points, seven
rebounds and five steals, as the 11th-ranked Florida Gators upended UCF,
80-47, at the O’Connell Center.
Al Horford went 7-of-11 from the field for 17 points, while Joakim Noah had 13
points and five assists for Florida (7-0), which is undefeated after seven
games for the first time since the 1984-85 season.
The Gators shot 58.1 percent in the second half, hitting 3-of-4 from behind
the arc, to run away with the game.
Justin Rose had a team-high 12 points for the Golden Knights (4-1), who
struggled in their first real test of the season.
Mike O’Donnell added seven points in the loss, while Lavell Payne chipped in
six points, two assists and three blocks.
Florida sprinted out to a 10-4 lead after a Horford jumper in the paint, and
extended its advantage to 20-8 on a Noah three-point play.
The Golden Knights followed with an 11-5 run to cut the deficit to six.
O’Donnell had five points in the spurt, which was capped by a Josh Peppers
dunk with 3:38 to play in the first half.
The rest of the half belonged to the Gators, though, as Noah scored six points
down the stretch to stake his team to a 36-23 halftime lead.
The contest quickly turned into a rout in the second half, as Florida ripped
off a 19-3 surge in the opening minutes. Brewer scored nine of those Gator
points, draining a three-pointer with 14:23 to play that made it 55-26.
Florida went up by 40 points, 77-37, on a Horford dunk for its largest lead of
the game with 6:41 remaining.
Florida has won all eight meetings with UCF, including a 59-39 triumph in
2003…The Gators finished 6-of-12 from three-point range…UCF committed 19
turnovers to Florida’s eight…Peppers had four points, a block and a steal